Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr. the Hon. Kedrick Pickering cautioned members of the House of Assembly to think carefully about what they say in relation to people from the Caribbean because many Virgin Islanders have ties to other regional nations.
During his Budget Debate contribution, Hon Pickering said: “There isn’t one individual in this room here — I did a mental survey this morning. Not one in this room who do not have a relative or is connected to another individual from the Caribbean.”
“Not one! Do a quick survey in your own mind! All of us sitting in here either have a sister, or a brother, a grandchild, or a child or something that is connected to somebody from one of the Caribbean islands; so we can’t just talk in isolation,” the Deputy Premier announced.
Hon. Pickering said that the line between non-Belonger and Belonger is not as clear cut as it used to be, because of family ties: “There is no sense any of us in here talking and kicking about protecting our people and doing this for our people, because we think it sounds good.”
“We can’t be so narrow because it sounds good. All of us, every single one of us has a connection to one of the Caribbean countries. It’s a reality! Somebody says you’re entitled to your own opinion, but you can’t create your own facts…This country has some big issues that we have to confront,” he added.